Early childhood development and early intervention

Early childhood development refers to the process of physical, cognitive, personality, and psychosocial growth occurring from birth through age 5. Early childhood education refers to programs for toddlers and preschool children. Early intervention is action taken using medical, family, school, social, or mental health resources. It is aimed at infants and children at risk for or in the early stages of mental, physical, learning, or other disorders. The term may also include obstetric and prenatal care. In the United States, the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that children 3 years of age and older with disabilities receive educational services through public school systems. Consequently, early intervention programs most often serve children from infancy up to 3 years of age.

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Clinical and Translational Research Lecture: Doug Fuchs
Clinical and Translational Research Lecture: Doug Fuchs

Researchers explore links between grammar, rhythm
A child’s ability to distinguish musical rhythm is related to his or her capacity for understanding grammar, according to a recent study by Reyna Gordon, Ph.D., a research fellow in the Department of Otolaryngology and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

VKC researchers pioneer Down syndrome speech and learning interventions
VKC researchers at Peabody College are blazing new trails in language and learning programs designed to ensure that children with Down syndrome have the brightest possible futures.

TRIAD trains rural Tennessee early childhood educators
TRIAD is training early childhood educators in rural East Tennessee through a model classroom in Cocke County, a 3-day workshop held in October, and follow-up coaching and mentoring during the 2015-16 school-year.

TRIAD partners with Tennessee Department of Education to expand services for families of young children with ASD
The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) has awarded three training and technical assistance grants totaling $3.25 million to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD). The funding will enhance statewide services for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other intellectual and developmental disabilities from birth to kindergarten.

Future of IDD services, research, and policy in good hands with VKC UCEDD, LEND trainees
The mission of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is to facilitate discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families. In order to ensure that such work continues for years to come, the VKC University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND seek and prepare young professionals who want to learn how best to serve children and adults.

Clinical & Translational Research Lecture: "Multisensory Function and Associated Brain Networks: Theory, Development and Autism"
Clinical & Translational Research Lecture: "Multisensory Function and Associated Brain Networks: Theory, Development and Autism"

Clinical & Translational Research Lecture: "Managing the Risk of Language Delay for Preverbal Children with Autism and their Siblings"
Clinical & Translational Research Lecture: "Managing the Risk of Language Delay for Preverbal Children with Autism and their Siblings"

Clinical & Translational Research Lecture: "Team Science in the Study of Pregnancy-Related Infections"
Clinical & Translational Research Lecture: "Team Science in the Study of Pregnancy-Related Infections"

VKC telepresence expands access and builds capacity of training and services
By using telemedicine and telehealth models, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Health Care Toolkit (IDD Health Care Toolkit) are reaching underserved areas, advancing quality service delivery, and improving clinicians’ ability to care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Grants related to the topic: Early childhood development and early intervention

  • Phenotypic Specific Communication Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome
    PI: Kaiser, Ann
  • Comprehensive Communication Intervention for Minimally Verbal Children with Autism
    PI: Kaiser, Ann
  • Does Mindfulness Training Enhance Early Evidence-based Parent-coaching Interventions
    PI: Weitlauf, Amy
  • Intervention Effects of Intensity and Delivery Style for Toddlers with ASD
    PI: Yoder, Paul

People related to the topic: Early childhood development and early intervention

Penelope H. Brooks, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Emerita, Peabody College

Stephen M. Camarata, Ph.D.
Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Laurie E. Cutting, Ph.D.
Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Special Education; Professor of Psychology, Radiology, and Pediatrics; Associate Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy center; Director, IDDRC Translational Neuroimaging Core C; Faculty Director, VKC Reading Clinic

Dale Farran, Ph.D.
Antonio M. and Anita S. Gotto Chair in Teaching & Learning; Professor of Psychology & Human Development, Emerita; Senior Associate Director, Peabody Research Institute

H. Carl Haywood, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Peabody College

Mary Louise Hemmeter, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education

Ann P. Kaiser, Ph.D.
Susan Gray Chair in Education and Human Development; Professor of Special Education and Psychology

Evon B. Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director of Training, UCEDD; Associate Director, Vanderbilt Consortium LEND; Neurobehavioral Phenotypes Coordinator, IDDRC Clinical Translational Core B

Julia Noland, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Development

Megan Saylor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development

C. Melanie Schuele, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences

Anne Marie Tharpe, Ph.D.
Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences and Chair of the Department; Professor of Otolaryngology; Associate Director, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center

Georgene Troseth, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology, Peabody College

Tedra A. Walden, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Human Development

Zachary E. Warren, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Special Education; Executive Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD); Director, Autism Research, Department of Pediatrics and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center; Autism Research Registry Faculty Director, IDDRC Clinical Translational Core B

Zachary E. Warren, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Special Education; Executive Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD); Director, Autism Research, Department of Pediatrics and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center; Autism Research Registry Faculty Director, IDDRC Clinical Translational Core B

Amy Weitlauf, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Paul J. Yoder, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education

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